Daily Media Digest March 21, 2018

Ottawa, ON – March 20, 2018 – Will a national pharmacare program make it easier or harder for rare disease patients to get the medicines they need? “If new pharmacare looks like old public pharmacare then it could be disastrous for rare disease patients,” said Durhane Wong-Rieger, President and CEO of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD).”


CTV News
“The president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union of healthcare professionals, says Alberta Health Services (AHS) data confirms the province does not have enough paramedics or ambulances. “Our EMS system is broken,” said Mike Parker, HSAA president. ‘It can’t cope with … “
TAGS: emergency services, system overload, Alberta


The Sudbury Star
“Estelle Joliat, Parkinson Canada’s community development co-ordinator for Northern Ontario, said research has shown that exercise affects the way the brain uses dopamine, the chemical which helps co-ordinate muscle movement, balance and co-ordination. When the cells that produce dopamine die, ..”
TAGS: boxing, Parkinson’s disease


“It was then that John met a group of stroke survivors and caregivers from Survivors of Stroke Niagara, a chapter of March of Dimes Canada. There is comfort in talking to someone who understands, says Bob Mahony, its chairperson, and stroke survivor. John attended their meetings. Their volunteers …”
TAGS: stroke, support for survivors


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Dr. Fernandez, with Ontario Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, McMaster University, was awarded the grant for his project, “The role of commensal microbiota on dietary tryptophan metabolism: Implications for inflammatory bowel disease.” In the research project, Dr. Fernandez will … “
TAGS: gut microbiome, gastrointestinal disorders, Dr. Fernandez


“Laurentian University researcher Nancy Young has received a $2 million Health System Research Fund (HSRF) grant for Health Promotion from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This grant is in support of Young’s project Evaluation to Action: Integrating the Voices of Aboriginal Children (ETA), … “
TAGS: Laurentian University, researcher, funding, Indigenous health, youth


“The facility is also looking to expand in the future, with plans to construct a Cultural Safety Lab that will focus on First Nations health. “They’re going to do social science around health and wellness in Aboriginal or First Nations populations, and try to figure out what the proper barriers are to healthcare,” …”
TAGS: cancer research, vaccines, natural therapies,


Radio Canada
“International Canadian and Chinese researchers worked together on a new vaccine to fight the Ebola virus which claimed more than 10,000 lives in West Africa four years ago. The vaccine was recently approved by Chinese regulators and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) developed the … “
TAGS: ebola vaccine, Canadian researchers


“That’s the message Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals will take to voters as the governing party tries to contrast itself against Doug Ford’s surging Progressive Conservatives. In a speech from the throne Monday, Wynne outlined the Liberal government’s agenda leading up to the June 7 election, … “
TAGS: health care, home care, spending, Ontario


Cambridge Network
“The results of this ground-breaking clinical study, published in Nature Biotechnology,described the implantation of a specially engineered patch of retinal pigment epithelium cells derived from stem cells to treat people with sudden severe sight loss from wet AMD. It is the first description of a complete … “
TAGS: eye sight, stem cells,


“Kingston General Hospital now has two immersion labour and water birth tubs, thanks to $110,000 from the local Lions Club. CKWS News. X. – A A +. Listen. Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is now offering better access to water immersion labour and water birth for expectant mothers. With a donation of …”
TAGS: birthing tubs, expecting mothers


“Carine Parent, Ph.D. completed undergraduate studies in biology and psychology at McGill University. Dr. Parent completed doctoral graduate training in neuroscience at McGill University in 2014. She is currently a neuroscientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, an institution affiliated …”
TAGS: Childhood Eczema, mental health


“The difference was that one twin from each pair discontinued regular exercise in early adulthood while the other remained active. After just three years of sedentary living, the less active twins had begun to develop insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes), had higher body fat levels and had lower …”
TAGS: diabetes, Exercise, Study